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Adoptions in England and WalesThis product is designated as National Statistics

Annual adoptions statistics following court orders. Analysed by sex, age and marital status of biological parents.

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The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs;
  • are well explained and readily accessible;
  • are produced according to sound methods; and
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest.

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

Latest edition

Adoptions in England and Wales - 2012
Released: 20 August 2013

Previous editions

Adoptions in England and Wales - 2011
Released: 07 August 2012
Adoptions in England and Wales - 2009
Released: 04 November 2010
Adoptions in England and Wales - 2008
Released: 11 November 2009
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